Beware! UpForex is an offshore broker! Your investment may be at risk.
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UpForex is a CFD forex brokerage presumably from St. Vincent and the Grenadines. It provides a web-based trading platform and a generous leverage. Traders are extended a leverage of up to 1:100. Furthermore, there is a wide range of trading products from which to choose, but no further information regarding the trading conditions of the brokerage.
UpForex regulation & safety of funds
UpForex falsely claims to be based in the UK and under the regulatory supervision of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). However, our routine check did not correspond to the claims made on the website. As a matter of fact the company behind the brokerage is registered offshore in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. It goes without saying that the government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines does not include forex trading within its regulatory framework – which means that UpForex is not subject to regulatory oversight. Such ill-minded attempts to mislead traders, coupled with the obvious lack of credible regulation, incline us to doubt whether potential clients of the brokerage are not open to substantial risk.
We urge traders to exclude such risk in trading by only associating with brokers regulated by prestigious regulatory agencies, such as the FCA and CySec, which require compliance with a number of strict rules that give significant assurance for the security of the clients funds.
The segregation of accounts is among the rules which are especially important in the trading world, because it drastically lowers the risk of possible commingling.
Another is the participation in a compensatory scheme by which the client’s losses will be covered in the unlikely case the broker goes bankrupt or attempts to swindle traders.
UpForex deposit/withdrawal methods and fees
Potential clients of the brokerage have a very poor choice of payment methods before them. They may deposit or withdraw only via VISA and MasterCard, bank/wire transfer and bitcoin. Popular options such as Skrill or Neteller are missing. We must further say that we came across troublesome provision in the broker’s website. There are both deposit and withdrawal fees. There are as follows: 1.5 per cent for credit cards, 2.5 per cent for bitcoin and 1 per cent for bank and wire transfers respectively.
We must also remind readers of all the ways a trader may test the brokerage’s intentions. Firstly, traders are advised to always put up only the required minimum deposit, instead of risking a bigger amount with no certainty. Afterwards, they may also try to withdraw a small amount in order to check for any unexpected fees or delays. Such fees and delays are usually the signs of a scammer.
How does the scam work?
Even though the forex trading world is extremely large and encompasses millions of people around the globe, the most common scamming is pretty simple and straightforward and as such – it’s not particularly daring to avoid. Here is a quick overview of how it is done:
Through clicking an ad with promises for fast money, you will be redirected to a website such as Bitcoin Evolution or The bitcoin miner where registration will require you to give your address, email and phone number. After sharing your personal information, you will being receiving calls from brokers, compelling you to invest with them and win big. After a few minutes hearing their pitches, you decide to deposit some $200-250. And just like that – the scammers take a fat commission from this initial deposit.
After they are done with you, senior scammers begin working you into putting even more money. They say it’s the only way to profit from trading even more. After making the mistake of investing even further, you’ll begin wanting to get out of this and withdraw what you have left.
Unfortunately, the con-artists have no such thing in mind. They will now begin persuading you to wait it out and not withdraw right now. The angle here is pretty blunt – traders have a limited time period for filing achargeback with their bank and get their money back. The “recovery department” will simply want to mislead you into missing thе crucial period and, along the way, losing any chance you might have of getting the money back.
It is important here to take notice that both Visa and MasterCard are taking measures to combat unregulated forex brokerages by classifying all forex transactions as high risk. And with the case of Up Forex – they are correct in doing so. Furthermore, supporting their intention with clear actions – MasterCard has increased the previous time period of six months for filing a chargeback to a year and a half. Visa is expected to do the same in December.
What to do when scammed?
As was mentioned above, scamming is quite the common in the trading world and, sadly, even you might suffer from it. In such an unfortunate case there still may be some available options for you.
You may contact your bank or credit card provider and file a chargeback.
If, however, you have provided the broker with your credit card details, immediately cancel your credit card.
If you have given information regarding your online banking pass – you should switch it asap!
Beware of potential calls from self-described “recovery agencies”! They prey on scammed and vulnerable traders who are desperate to recover their losses. They will require an “up-front” payment to help you, but after paying them, no such help will be coming your way!